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China bans unauthorized channels of 4 TV, radio stations. Aug. 13, 2007
Xinhua News, Aug. 13v, 2007 - China banned unauthorized channels opened by four radio and TV stations, Beijing News reported here Monday. The State Administration of Radio, Film and Television (SARFT) ordered the four radio and TV stations to stop operation of these unauthorized channels with a deadline on August 10, the paper said. Radio stations of Jiangsu, Nanjing and Hefei and Huai'an TV stations had changed its channel or FMs' names, call signs and program ranges without the SARFT's approval, the paper reported. SARFT found these unauthorized channels after intensified surveillance over the local radio and TV stations recently, an official with the SARFT was quoted by the paper as saying. According to an anonymous radio station staff, technically, it's quite easy for TV and radio stations to adjust their channels. He said that to adjust channels aims to get more market while competing with other stations. SARFT has strengthened its supervision and administration of all channels of TV and radio stations recently. On August 2, the SARFT announced the ban on several types of commercials, including for the first time the sexually suggestive advertisements.

Chinese official urges foreign media to stick to truth in reporting
July 18, 2007 - China's top quality control chief urged foreign media to stick to the truth in reporting during an interview with CCTV on Wednesday, a second time in a few days for him to lash out at some foreign media exaggerating China's food safety problems and stirring consumer panic.
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Foreign media enjoy greater access
Aug. 3, 2007 - The past seven months have witnessed increased coverage of China in the international media, thanks to the bulging resident foreign correspondents corps, overseas media field trips and most importantly, a fitting legal framework governing their work in the country. (Click the title of the news for full report.)

Foreign media criticized for fabricating food reports
A senior Chinese official has lambasted foreign media for fabricating scares over Chinese food products.Some foreign media had viciously sensationalized product quality problems and food scares concerning a small number of Chinese goods or companies, said Vice Commerce Minister Gao Hucheng.(Click the title of the news for full report.)

To show people real China important
July 28, 2007 - Foreign tourists in Shanghai are often amazed by the city's futuristic skyline, trendy bars and restaurants, glitzy theaters, large ex-pat community and vibrant economy.  They often say the city makes New York look like a village. Some, before departing Shanghai, say they are leaving the future for the past. (Click title of the news for full report.)

China Cracks Down on Media Corruption
Xinhua News, April 4, 2007 - The General Administration of Press and Publications (GAPP) said Tuesday it would expressly forbid journalists and newspapers from accepting or extorting money in return for favorable news coverage. "Local newspaper branches and their staff reporters are not allowed to engage in extortion by threatening to expose inside stories," said a circular issued by GAPP. The circular also bans paid news, forced subscriptions, and forced advertising in return for complimentary reports.(Click for full coverage.)

China to restrict crime reporting on radio and television
The Chinese government will impose a number of restrictions on the reporting of "vicious crimes" on the radio and television, hoping to create a healthy environment for the country's youth. "We must not let improper crime reporting harm young minds," said Zhang Haitao, vice director of the State Administration of Radio, Film and Television (SARFT). (Click for full report from China View)

Observation: Overseas media catch "China fever"
Jan. 26, 2007 - The cover of the January 22 issue of US-based Time magazine reads "China: Dawn of a New Dynasty", and inside is a feature article entitled "The China Century". For this cover story, Time mobilized 12 of its journalists stationed in Beijing, Bangkok, Paris and various African countries. This report is the result of long-term planning and preparation, says Simon Elegant, chief of Time's Beijing branch. (Click for full report)

China backs open news media move
The Age, Sep. 14, 2006 - CHINA plans to open its market further to foreign media and will prevent the state-run Xinhua News Agency from exercising monopoly power, according to a government official. "Other agencies of the Government will ensure that Xinhua will not monopolise the news industry," Liu Binjie, deputy director of the General Administration of Press and Publication, said at a briefing in Beijing yesterday. "The policy of opening up to foreign news agencies remains the same and will not change." (Click for full report)

Beijing vows to let media travel freely during the Olympics
Taipei Times, Sep. 7, 2006 - Beijing's Olympic organizers have promised that the international media will be allowed to travel freely around China by the time the Games start in 2008, said Tessa Jowell, Britain's minister for culture, media and sport, on Tuesday.(Click for full report)

China shuts down over 100 websites for copyright violation
Channel NewsAsia,Aug. 22, 2006 - China has shut down more than 100 websites for copyright violations since a new regulation came into effect in July, state media said Monday. The websites included those that provided free downloads of movies and music, the Xinhua news agency said. The government passed the regulation in a bid to ban the uploading and downloading of Internet material without permission of the copyright-holder, Xinhua said. Under the regulation, anyone uploading texts, performances, sound and video recordings to the Internet for downloading, or copying, must have permission from copyright owners and pay the required fee. "Since the regulation took effect on July 1, the administration has enhanced supervision and punishment of online copyright violation," Liu Jie, deputy director of the copyright department with China's National Copyright Administration, was quoted as saying. The number of websites offering such illegal downloading will continue to decrease as authorities continue the crackdown, Liu said. Details of the closed websites were not given but some of the cases are being considered for criminal prosecution, Xinhua said.

China Has More Than 2.6m Websites

Xinhua News Agency May 17, 2006 - The number of websites registered in China reached 2.6 million at the end of last year and 1.1 million of the websites are with ".CN" domain name. The websites increased by 40

percent in terms of number last year, said a report released by the Informationization Office under the State Council. The websites with the domain name of ".CN" increased by 154 percent in 2005, becoming the largest national domain name in Asia and the sixth in the world. The websites launched by companies constitute 60 percent, that launched by individuals account for 21.9 percent, followed by websites on education and on government, the report said. The 2.6 million websites are mainly in Beijing, Shanghai, east China's Zhejiang and Fujian Provinces and south China's Guangdong Province.



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